Electric Vans from Peugeot Picked by Royal Mail

Royal Mail have purchased 100 zero-emission Partner Electric vans (L2)

Royal Mail have purchased 100 zero-emission Partner Electric vans (L2)

A fleet of 100 new electric vans built by Peugeot will join Royal Mail’s existing LCVs to carry out deliveries ahead of the festive season this year as the organisation takes steps to reduce its carbon footprint, according to Transport Engineer.

The batch of Partner L2 Electric models will be rolled out as the busy Christmas period approaches and will form part of wider changes within Royal Mail that reflect its new eco-conscious outlook.

Spokesperson Paul Gatti said that a long time had been spent investigating the benefits of EVs in relation to Royal Mail’s operations, eventually leading to this major order being placed. He said that this would not only make it easier to serve customers in urban areas throughout the UK but would additionally allow the organisation to avoid facing the impending increase in emissions-related charges that are on the horizon at the moment.

It has only been six months since the Partner L2 Electric was originally introduced, and so far Peugeot has managed to gain plenty of momentum with the new van, securing this all-important partnership with Royal Mail to prove its worthiness as a fleet investment.

The payload capacity of this LCV is 552kg and the volume of the cargo area are identical to those of its diesel-powered siblings, since all of the electric power train components, including the batteries, are configured in a way that does not impede on its layout.

A cutting-edge electric motor develops 67hp and a very good 200Nm of torque, while the simple yet effective single-speed transmission means that the complexity of the Partner L2 Electric is kept to a minimum, which in turn should lead to lower maintenance costs and increased servicing intervals.

When it is fully charged, the van should be able to travel for 102 miles before it needs to be plugged in again. And as with a number of modern electric vans, it supports a fast charge feature which means that in just half an hour its batteries can be brought back up to 80 per cent capacity, making for a fast turn-around when time is tight.

Other modern technologies which act to increase its range include regenerative braking, which is a feature on a number of EVs as well as standard vans and cars with traditional combustion engines.

Organisations such as Royal Mail are choosing the Partner L2 Electric at the moment because it means that they can avoid the Congestion Charge in London, saving thousands each year for operations within the capital. There are other region-specific savings to be made, with some councils providing exemption from things like parking for zero-emissions vehicles.

In terms of public perception, electric vans like this are seen as attractive not just because of their cleanliness but also because they are less disruptive in other ways. Noisy diesel engines can be a frustration for city dwellers, but an electric van is very quiet and can work in off-peak hours without creating excessive noise pollution.

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